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An advanced stage/standalone instrument with a suite of compelling studio integration features.

The Access Virus TI v2 is the second edition of this Desktop Total Integration Synthesizer, and it features 25% more calculating power and a completely redesigned housing. Like all members of The Virus TI platform, the Virus TI Desktop v2 synthesizer is the sublime fusion of a 12-year triathlon in sound research, distillation of user input, and the simple desire to create an exceptional music making instrument. Conceived as a virtual analog synthesizer, the Virus TI v2 grew into a multi-synthesis workstation which seamlessly integrates into your production environment using Access' unique Total Integration plug-in technology.

Sound Design
This second generation Virus TI platform features a wealth of inspiring oscillator models such as virtual analogue, hypersaw, wavetable, and graintable oscillators, along with several filter models and a new-to-the-line Character control for emulating the vibe of old analog gear. A ring shifter, several FM types, and a tape delay add the warm lo-fi sound featured so often in music today. The effects section delivers multiple, simultaneous effects including reverb and delay per part, ensuring your patches sound exactly the same in single and multi mode.

Total Integration
The concept of totally integrating a synthesizer, which essentially means streaming audio from the Virus TI into a plug-in hosted by your digital audio workstation, is certain to make some positive waves. Total Integration is Access' proprietary technology, which seamlessly links any Virus TI model and a computer to create a unified system consisting of a powerful hardware synth and a virtual instrument plug-in, which not only controls the Virus TI but also receives audio from it, in order to allow post-processing right inside your computer. This way you get the best of both worlds. Your Virus TI will calculate all the voices and effects and therefore makes the CPU of your computer available for other tasks. Since it is driven by the Virus Control plug-in, the timing (unlike normal MIDI and USB-MIDI timing) will be sample-accurate, and all sound data will be saved within the song or project. Virus Control also offers sophisticated editing capabilities, along with an easy-to-use librarian page to keep track of all your Virus TI patches. The Virus TI's analog input and outputs can also double as an audio interface, and the MIDI sockets can double as a MIDI interface.

As much as a craftsman depends on the quality of his tools in order to achieve exceptional results, you can rely on the Virus to impress your audience. That's because for the success of artists today, a stunning sonic signature is as important as the unforgettable melody, and the Virus TI line provides both.

Access Virus TI2 Desktop Features:

  • Enclosure:
    Sleek, charcoal-gray finish
    Red and white LEDs
    White display
    Wood rail on front
    I/O panel can be rotated for convenient rack-mounting

    Oscillators:
    3 main oscillators and one sub oscillator per voice
    A main oscillator can comprise of various oscillator types including the classic virtual analog oscillators (saw, variable pulse, sine, triangle, 62 spectral waves with several FM modes) and hypersaw (a multi saw-tooth oscillator with up to 9 stacked oscillators, 9 sub-oscillators and sync oscillator at the same time)
    Wavetable oscillators with 100 multi-index wavetables, feature variable resolution and optional pulse-width modulation
    Graintable oscillators apply granular synthesis techniques for independent control of pitch and formants to warp a waveform beyond recognition
    Formant oscillators sound like running a signal through a massive, modulatable filter bank with hundreds of resonant bands being morphed by the wavetable index

    Filters:
    Two fully independent filters (lowpass, highpass, bandpass, bandstop) with an optional saturation module located in between both filter blocks
    The saturation module can add one of several distortions and lo-fi effects or an additional low/high-pass filter
    Optional self-resonating MoogT cascade filter simulation with circuit overload and 1-4 poles

    Modulation:
    Two-dimensional modulation matrix with six slots (1 source and 3 modulation targets each)
    Every feasible parameter can be modulated in realtime
    3 LFOs with additional hard-wired destinations along with one user-definable slot
    2 lightning-fast, multi-stage envelopes (ADSTR) - LFOs can be used as ramp generators as well

    Effects:
    The FX section has independent delay and reverb per patch (even in multi mode), along with multiple distortion/lo-fi algorithms, phaser, chorus/flanger, character control, ring modulator/shifter, and EQ, plus a global vocoder
    There is no difference between single and multi modes—patches sound exactly the same

    Arpeggiator:
    Each patch contains it's own arpeggiator pattern feat. 32 programmable steps (length and velocity can be adjusted per step) along with a global control for swing/shuffle timing and one for note lengths
    Nearly every parameter including the pattern itself, the amount of octaves, and many more, can be controlled using the modulation matrix

    Surround sound output:
    Every part can be panned dynamically between two stereo outputs for quadraphonic effects

    Hardware controls:
    32 knobs, 43 buttons, 73 LEDs

    Polyphony:
    Between 25 to 110 voices, depending on the complexity of the patch
    Estimates are based on single mode performance results may vary in multi mode

    Multi Mode:
    Multi programs can have fully-independent embedded singles, without the links to single banks required by most synths providing freedom from breaking other programs

    Memory:
    1024 RAM and 3328 ROM sounds, 16 embedded multi patches along with 112 conventional multi slots, 16 parts in multi mode

    Remote Templates:
    Turn the Virus into a MIDI remote as the sound engine will still work independently
    32 user-programmable templates to reassign most panel knobs controlling control 3rd party plug-ins and MIDI synthesizers

    Smooth parameter changes:
    Adaptive control-smoothing provides parameter changes with no zippering artifacts
    With knob quantize, a clock ratio is selected and parameter changes are updated at specified intervals only
    The result is sample-and-hold parameter movements, evocative of step sequencer sounds

    Atomizer:
    The unique DJ style audio slicer turns the Virus TI into an powerful realtime FX for DJ applications

    Virus Control is an VST/AU/RTAS compatible plug-in
    Total Integration is certified for the following hosts: Apple Logic 8, Steinberg Cubase 4, Ableton Live 7, Digidesign Pro Tools 8, Cakewalk Sonar 7, ImageLine FL Studio 8


Access Virus TI2 Desktop Specifications:

  • I/O:
    6 balanced outputs (@ +4dB), backed by 192kHz/24-bit D/A converters with soft-limiting
    Two inputs with 24-bit A/D
    Dedicated headphone out
    MIDI in, out, and thru
    S/PDIF digital audio (44.1/48kHz) inputs & outputs
    USB is used for MIDI and audio transmission (adding 3 additional stereo audio outputs) and works at 12Mb/s


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  • amazing!!

    As reviewed by eliott chapa on 4/11/2011

    since the early 2002 i started using access virus synth's,I could say that in 2011 it is still the main synth in all my productions,the total integration which makes me use this beast as a plug-in it's a total winner,it makes making music real fun,just plug a usb and you are set,excellent on board effects and still,for a digital synth,the fattest sound around!

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  • Excellent!!

    As reviewed by braulio motus on 4/5/2011

    I've had this for almost 4 years, all my production begins with this machine!

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  • Misses The Mark

    As reviewed by Nathan Hamiel on 9/26/2011

    It's disappointing to think that you would spend this much money on a synth and have it not meet your expectations but that is exactly what happened in this instance. I bought this synth to integrate in to my workflow using the Virus plugin. The problem is the Virus plugin is an absolute piece of crap. I am actually being generous by calling it a piece of crap because it's worse than crap. Apparently the folks at Access can't figure out the USB protocol, which is whole heartedly disappointing. Regardless of whether I am working in Ableton Live 8 or Logic 9 the plugin does not function properly. Constant errors and issues crop up while using this plugin. I have contacted Virus support and worked through every recommendation yet still the Virus plugin doesn't function properly. Every time I sit down and try to work, this thing messes up. It works occasionally but not consistently and that just adds to the frustration. I have to constantly reboot when issues are encountered. Everything else, even USB audio interfaces work flawlessly. I don't even use a USB audio interface, I am using a Firewire Interface so there shouldn't be a problem, but there is. Some people with some configurations may not have a problem but I am using a new iMac as well as a new Macbook Pro and there are nothing but problems. Now nothing sounds like a Virus and they go out of their way with presets and information but to me all of that doesn't matter if you can't effectively use the synth. I can appreciate that they try but I am holding them to a higher standard because that's where they hold themselves. I have struggled with a rating to this synth because it does sound good, but I feel I was mislead by the plugin functionality. If you are just plain looking for hardware synth and don't care about the Virus plugin then this is a good synth. If you are looking to actually use the functionality of the Virus plugin then I can't recommend it. I know it sounds harsh but I feel I was ripped off. This is because it's affecting my creativity, which is the absolute worst thing that I can think of happening. I find myself often going back to soft synths so I don't have to deal with issues that crop up with the Virus plugin.

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